But if I were asked...I would suggest making them "doubly different." i.e use three VERY distinct colors - blue, yellow, green or grey, yellow, blue - AND make the icons very distinct - a large 'S' for SSDR, a large 'C' for SmartCAT, and a large 'D' for DAX so that they can be easily identified on a small screen when working remote with an ipad or iphone or other small screened device. It isn't a major problem with a large 24+" monitor, but it is hard to detect on the iphone running Parallels Access. it should only take a quick glance to tell the difference between them.
Ken - NM9P
The colors are okay, but as Ken NM9P reflect show less well on mobile devices.
There are a lot of resources on making content more readable, one I use are the articles and reports at:
To Quote the second link:
Strategies for Increasing or Decreasing Prominence Without Harming Usability
If you’re considering low-contrast text, you probably want to reduce the salience of an element, or increase the prominence of another. But there are other, more usable ways to do this.
- Reduce information density. Some designs assume that reducing text contrast will make a dense page look less cluttered. Unfortunately, all it does is decrease legibility and increase cognitive strain. Instead, find ways to remove what isn’t essential, or explore alternatives to make the information display less condensed. (For instance, on mobile, but not only, you can defer secondary content to secondary pages.
- Adjust font size. When users scan text on a webpage (they rarely read, though sometimes they do), larger text gets read first. It’s fine to make some text bigger and other text smaller, as long as you don’t go too small to where it becomes illegible. Use at least 8pt font.
- Check for accessibility-compliant color combinations. Many free tools will check if color combinations have sufficient contrast. Be sure to check those combinations paired with your font size, as some combinations become compliant when the font is large enough.
- Reposition less important elements. If you find that high-contrast text is distracting, try varying the placement of the text on the screen. Often, changing the location of an element, or adding more padding around it, is enough to change its prominence on the page.
- Consider accordions. In some cases, expandable sections can reduce clutter by only showing details when a users expresses interest through a click or a tap. Just be careful, because accordions don’t work well for information that needs to be processed sequentially.
If your prefer more technical measures there are resources like:
But in my personal case I kind of zone out when the discussion gets to "relative luminesce" even though it is important.
FRS obviously has some very good folk executing what they do, so my suggestion is more to consider weak eyesight, the spectrum issues of colorblindness, low light, small device and other suboptimal conditions.
I'd be really pleased if Pallets were available, including a preset for all the FRS programs that meet Military Style Field Deployable color/contrast options.
Lucky you are not a Female -- when the women in my family choose cars..their FIRST Consideration is the Color and then the car...
I agree--- if they were going to change the colors then the color choice for the icons could be much more distinctive...
@Ken & Guy... Much more important is the ability to choose color palates for SmartSDR.. because of my ever increasing restrictive vision with age it is almost impossible for me to read that red on black analog meters.which are for all intents and purposes invisible to me... I have to believe that a number of other have the same issue... fortunately I have visible digital meters on DDUTIL and a couple of other devices... But choosing color palettes.. is #2 on my list of wants.. after Spots on the Display...
This idea / request has been on the list for about 2 years and is in the top 10. It is "under consideration" with 32 votes so far.
So maybe one day....They could be so much easier to read and include DIGITAL values as well..
Using same idea and colors for SWR -- here are some options for the digital readout.
Regards, Al / NN4ZZ
al (at) nn4zz (dot) com
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